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Home spaceWhen you dream about your home, do you picture a beautiful master suite, nice guest bedroom, home office and hobby room? You may even dream of a playroom for the kids and in your home everything is perfectly in place. Instead, you look around in your small house and wonder how you can make it work for everything you need.

If you don’t have extra rooms to devote to each need, you can learn how to create a multipurpose room in your home that will serve you well. Here are some tips to get you started.

Brainstorm Ideas

Look at your home in a new way. Think of how you can make use of each room for more than one purpose. Your formal dining room can be transformed into a playroom/home office as well as dining area. A guest bedroom could serve double

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116 WoodlandThis is your chance to build your dream home in Pine Forest. This lot is located on a private cul-de-sac street overlooking the valley.

The property is made up of three lots totaling 10.225 acres. Well and septic are on site from a former home that burned in a fire. (The seller makes no warranties as to the condition of the well and septic.)116 Woodland

The lots have nice views and offer several flat spots that would make ideal homesites. Enjoy the country life while being just minutes from the towns of Bastrop and Smithville.

For more information or to see additional photos of this property, visit here.

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Chili Cook-OffNothing says fall better than a chili cook-off! Make sure to visit First United Methodist Church’s Chili Cook-Off and Fall Bazaar on Saturday, October 14.

The event begins at 4:30 with dinner and the silent auction. The live auction will begin at 6:15. The bazaar will include a variety of items that have been made or baked.

Tickets for the chili cook-off are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

When: Saturday, October 14, 4:30

Where: First United Methodist Church, 216 W 3rd Street, Elgin, TX

For more information, visit here.  

The Janis Penick Team

RE/MAX Bastrop Area
Serving Bastrop, Cedar Creek and Smithville

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New homeDownsizing is a pretty common term among those looking for houses. When people reach the stage in their lives where the kids have moved out and they want less home to take care of, they may consider downsizing. On the flip side, upsizing is for those who are looking for more space whether because their family is growing or they just want to have more space to enjoy. If you are thinking about a larger home, here are some things to consider.

The Challenges of Upsizing

If you want a bigger home, you need to be prepared to pay more. Make sure your budget can handle the extra costs. Not only are you likely to pay more for the mortgage, but your utilities and other expenses may be higher as well. And then there are the taxes and insurance which are

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317 Sam HoustonWelcome to your new home in The Colony! This home offers three bedrooms and two full bathrooms plus 2,355 square feet of living space on a 0.60 acre lot.

Appraoching the home, the beautiful stone elevation is immediately noticeable with a private entry tucked away. The kitchen is well equipped with stainless steel appliances, a tile backsplash and granite countertops. The kitchen is open to the family room that features a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings. The main areas of the home feature hardwood floors for low maintenance living.317 Sam Houston

An additional space at the front of the home is currently used as a playroom but would make a perfect dining room of study. There is a separate office space as well to keep work tucked away from the rest of the home

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Fall FlingVisit the Rosanky Community Center Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 for their annual Fall Fling. Lots of food and fun is planned for the event.

Beginning at 4:00, there will be a ribbon cutting for the new playground. The rest of the event will include a fried chicken dinner for $10.00 per plate as well as a raffle and auction that begin at 5:30.

Raffle prizes include $500 Cash plus assorted gift cards. The auction will include 4 tickets to the Red River Showdown and a 2-night cabin stay at LCRA South Shore Park.

Other activities throughout the event will be wagon rides and pumpkin patch decorating. This will definitely be a fun event to get you in the fall spirit.

When: Saturday, October 7, 4:00  

Where: Rosanky Community Center, 135

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Fall Landscaping TipsNow that fall has arrived, cooler days and nights will appear, trees begin to lose their leaves and the grass begins to die down, brown seems to be the color of much of the landscaping, which doesn’t appeal to a lot to buyers. However, there are some simple improvements you can make to your landscaping to capture the attention of those looking for a new  home.

Clean Up

As the beautiful flowers and plants of summer fade away, they often leave behind dead stems and leaves. Take the time to clean up all of this dead foliage to give your lawn new life. If the summer heat killed any of your perennials or shrubs, now is the time to dig them up. It’s better to have a bare spot than one with brown shrubbery.

Give New Life to Old Plants

Now is also the

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322 Pack HorseThis DR Horton built home is located in Hunters Crossing on a 0.20 acre lot and has four bedrooms, two full bathrooms and one half bathroom.

This popular floor plan has 1,814 square feet and features the master suite on the main level. The remaining three bedrooms plus a full bath are located on the second level.

The main level has plenty of space to gather with friends and family or relax after a busy day. The spacious eat-in kitchen opens to the family room with new wood laminate floors in both areas. The kitchen provides access to the covered patio and the private, fenced backyard makes a perfect place for pets to run and play.322 Pack Horse

Mostly neutral colors throughout the home are set off by accent walls in the master bedroom and family room.


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The Colony PoolIf you are looking for your next home, The Colony Community Wide Open House is the place for you to be on Saturday, September 30 from 1-3 p.m. Twenty-three homes will be open Saturday afternoon so you will have plenty of choices to find your dream home.

Covering almost 2,300 acres of land, The Colony is Bastrop’s newest Master Planned Community with new homes beginning in the $300s. Located between Bastrop and Austin, The Colony is a gated community with outstanding amenities including a club house, pool, tennis court, playground and fitness center.

Spend Saturday afternoon getting to know The Colony and learn why you will love calling it home. The amenity center will also be open for tours during this event so you can see all that The Colony has to

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master suiteIf your kitchen is the heart of the home, your master bedroom should be your oasis. Make it the place you go to get away from the stresses of everyday life. This doesn’t have to be a complicated, time consuming or expensive update. A few simple changes can turn your bedroom into your private sanctuary.

Choose the Right Color

Color is so important in your surroundings so start by selecting the right color scheme for your master suite. One great option is to select the same shade or different tones of the same color for the bedroom and the bathroom.

There are no right or wrong colors for a bedroom, only colors that are wrong for the person. Looking at the color should give you a calm feeling and allow you to relax after a long day.

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